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U.S. citizens require a visa to enter Liberia, which must be obtained through the Liberian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Visas for U.S. citizens are valid for a maximum of 1 year, with multiple entries. The visa is valid from the date of issue. Here’s how you can apply for your Liberian visa through the Embassy in Washington DC:

Send the following items to the Consular office:

  • Visa requirements:
    – Visa application (can be downloaded here)
    – Two (2) passport size photos 2×2 inches
    – Flight itinerary
    – Notarized letter from a parent or guardian must accompany the application of any minor applicant
    – Consular fee in a form of money order: standard processing (12 business days) for $160, or next day processing (2 days) for $210.
  • Submit your visa request to the Embassy’s address:
    Embassy of the Republic of Liberia
    5201 16th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20011
    Tel: 202-723-0437
  • Include a prepaid return label:
    If you’re not submitting the request in-person, you must include a self-addressed prepaid USPS, FedEx, or UPS envelope with a tracking number for the return of your passport (check for any mailing restrictions).

You can either mail-in or drop off your visa request to the Consular office.
Omitting any of the instructions above may delay the processing of your visa.
These information can be found through the Embassy website.

Determine the type of visa you need based on your purpose of travel:

  • Tourist visa : going to Liberia for tourism or visit family.
  • Business visa : going to Liberia to attend business meetings.

As of January 2024, here are the Liberian visa consular fees available through the Embassy:

Same-Day (walk-in only) $235 Multiple 1 year from issue date 30 days
Next-Day $210 Multiple 1 year from issue date 30 days
2 Weeks $160 Multiple 1 year from issue date 30 days

Important to note:

Liberian Consular office is closed every Friday.
Liberia consular fees are non-refundable.
Consular office hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 AM to 3:00 PM.
Also closed on Liberian holidays and US federal holidays.
Please consider these when selecting your visa processing time.

– Applicants are advised to apply within two weeks of their travel date.
– Airlines, by regulation, will not allow you to board without a valid visa.
– If you are a Liberian living in the United States and have become a US citizen, you are required to obtain a valid visa to travel to Liberia.
– In accordance with international health regulations, all persons entering Liberia are also required to have a valid Certificate of Immunization (Yellow Book). Though, proof of yellow fever vaccination is not required for a visa request.
– ECOWAS country passports: GRATIS

About Liberia

Liberia is a country on the west coast of Africa, bordered by Sierra Leone to the northwest, Guinea to the north, Côte d’Ivoire to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south and west. Established in the early 19th century by freed slaves from the United States, Liberia declared independence from the American Colonization Society (ACS) in 1847, becoming the first African republic to proclaim its independence. The capital city, Monrovia, is named after U.S. President James Monroe, a significant proponent of Liberia’s colonization and a key supporter of the ACS.

History of Liberia

Liberia has a unique history as it was founded by freed African-American slaves and free African Americans from the United States in the early 19th century. The country declared its independence in 1847, making it Africa’s first and oldest modern republic.
Liberia suffered two civil wars from 1989 to 2003, leading to significant loss of life and displacement. The country has made progress toward reconciliation and reconstruction since the end of the wars, but it still faces challenges related to governance, infrastructure, and social services.

Liberian culture and language

Liberia’s culture reflects a blend of indigenous traditions and influences from the freed slaves who settled there. English is the official language, and many indigenous languages are also spoken.

Liberian economy

Liberia’s economy is primarily based on agriculture, mining, and forestry, with significant exports in rubber, iron ore, and other minerals. The economy has faced challenges due to civil wars, but it’s gradually recovering.

Liberian governance and politics:

Liberia is a democratic republic with a president as the head of state and government. The political system is similar to that of the United States, with a system of checks and balances and three branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial.

Liberian tourism and attractions

Liberia has a variety of natural attractions, including rainforests, beaches, and wildlife. Sapo National Park is a significant rainforest reserve, and the country’s coastline offers beautiful beaches and surfing spots.

Capital: Monrovia
Population: 5,506,280 (2023)
Nationality: Liberian
Language: English
Currency: Liberian Dollar (LRD)
Government: Unitary presidential constitutional republic
Religions: Christianity, Islam, other

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